Vikas Swarup, the author of the book that inspired the award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, has received an honorary doctorate from a top South African university.
The film was based on Swarup''s debut novel Q & A, which he wrote while he was Deputy High Commissioner for India in South Africa in 2005.
The book won the prestigious Boeke Award in South Africa and many others across the globe.
The University of South Africa awarded Swarup with an honorary doctorate yesterday.
Swarup became an overnight sensation after Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for a number of Oscar Awards, eventually winning A R Rahman India''s first Oscar for his musical score for the movie.
Swarup, who is now Consul General of India in Osaka-Kobe, Japan, said he was just as overwhelmed by the doctorate award as he was when his book and the subsequent movie attained such heights.
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